A life less ornery

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

SOME folk in Ten­nessee swear black and blue that the events de­picted in Get Low ac­tu­ally hap­pened around their way some time in the 1930s.

The wood­lands myth runs some­thing like this: There was this ornery her­mit who kept his money un­der the bed and had a shot­gun trained on the front porch.

Not that many folk were game enough to come call­ing, as it was widely held this griz­zly old coot had killed a bunch of men back when he was a griz­zly young coot.

The el­derly gent ended his ex­ile from the hu­man race in bizarre fash­ion when he set about con­duct­ing his own fu­neral ser­vice while still alive.

Short on friends and fam­ily be­cause of his rep­u­ta­tion, the doors to the shindig were flung open to any­one who had a story to tell about the much-feared cur­mud­geon. As an in­cen­tive, the spin­ner of the best yarn walked away with the deeds to the not-yet-de­ceased’s es­tate.

All in all, it’s quite a tall tale, as I’m sure you will agree.

With a wink in its eye and a wonk in its in­ter­nal logic, Get Low mis­chie­vously sticks to its ver­sion of events know­ing full well it is wield­ing a se­cret weapon to si­lence all naysay­ers.

That weapon, of course, is the great ac­tor Robert Du­vall ( pic­tured with Sissy Spacek), whose pitch-per­fect por­trayal of the whiskery wild man in ques­tion is a plea­sure to wit­ness, pure and sim­ple.

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